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Savills must 'deal with' employee’s racist Euro 2020 tweet

The estate agent has garnered public pressure to “deal with” an incident involving an employee who allegedly sent a racist tweet.

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Since publishing the article, Savills has shared it has suspended the employee, who claims his account was hacked.


Savills has launched an investigation after a manager within the business allegedly posted a racist tweet following England’s defeat against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

 

Since the tweet was shared on social media site Twitter, thousands of users on LinkedIn have started to apply pressure on the estate agent to “deal with” the incident involving the comment, which has now been deleted.

 

The tweet was posted after England lost out in a penalty shootout at Wembley.

 

Following the news, Savills has shared that it “abhors and has zero tolerance to any form of racism and racial discrimination”.

 

In a tweet shared by Savills, it said: “Savills is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. A full investigation will be carried out in regards to this unacceptable incident.”

 

It added that the business is immediately investigating and will take appropriate action.

 

This comes after England fans sent racial abuse to Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after they missed their penalties during the final.

 

Public pressure

Savills is now facing increasing pressure from the public as users across LinkedIn implore the estate agent to act swiftly regards the employee who sent the alleged tweet.

 

For example, Marc Shelkin, founder of The Social Shop and co-founder of Joice, wrote: “Racism is not acceptable. I really hope Savills deal with this employee properly.”

 

Similarly, another LinkedIn user added that he hoped the act wouldn’t go “unpunished”.

 

Based on the abuse the England players have received, Simon Robinson, employment lawyer at Robinson Ralph, shared that Savills’ response had been “swift and appropriate” but added “I suspect there will be a few people subject to disciplinary proceedings this week for racist tweets”.

 

In a statement The Football Association (FA) added: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.

 

"We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.”

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